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Samsung Wave: Super AMOLED, 720p, 1GHz CPU

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With Mobile Word Congress going on in Barcelona, there are more phones being announced than you could shake a stick at. One of the more interesting devices, however, is the Samsung Wave. Packing Bluetooth 3.0 and 802.11n WiFi.

Last week rumors did the rounds that said Samsung would release its first Super AMOLED phone. The supposed specs had smartphone fans frothing at the mouth, so how nice when Sunday's announcement bore a slim and sleek device with a 3.3-inch Super AMOLED screen.

With a 1GHz processor and 2GB of internal memory, the Wave is HD ready with 720p playback at 30fps. Running on Samsung's Bada OS, the phone features social networking, content management, location-based services, push notification and commerce services. It packs a messaging service called Social Hub, which, once you register all your accounts, will send you updates from Google, Yahoo, MSN, Facebook, Twitter and more.

User interface aside, eWeek reports that the Wave has 5.0-megapixel camera with LED flash, A-GPS with on/off board navigation and 3D maps, voice command, an RSS reader, Bluetooth 3.0 technology and USB 2.0 functionality.

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    JohnnyLucky , February 15, 2010 2:41 PM
    The industry is getting carried away with trying to pack in as many features and applications as possible. What I would like to know is how is the sound quality for a plain old ordinary telephone call?
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    MiamiU , February 15, 2010 2:16 PM
    looks great but how much will it cost?? and which carriers will sell it here in the states?
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    carlhenry , February 15, 2010 2:26 PM
    can it play....?
    ....videos seamlessly?

    the specs are pretty awesome! i'd like seeing this baby run the good ol' nes & snes games. also, the 720p @ 30fps looks enticing. i guess this is the new all in one gadget (specs wise)
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    athreex , February 15, 2010 2:36 PM
    cost and more importantly Battery Life.

    Gees...with all this big mouthed features I expect 45 minutes of talk time and 1 hour of battery life in idle mode. Well, let us hope otherwise.
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    jtsx1 , February 15, 2010 2:38 PM
    Also, will ATT/Verizon carry this or will we have to switch to Tmobile or another lesser network (this is why Nexus One will die)? Actually I don't even really want Verizon, so this might not be for me.
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    JohnnyLucky , February 15, 2010 2:41 PM
    The industry is getting carried away with trying to pack in as many features and applications as possible. What I would like to know is how is the sound quality for a plain old ordinary telephone call?
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    chess , February 15, 2010 2:49 PM
    more importantly, what is the battery life like?
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    awaken688 , February 15, 2010 2:52 PM
    JohnnyLuckyThe industry is getting carried away with trying to pack in as many features and applications as possible. What I would like to know is how is the sound quality for a plain old ordinary telephone call?


    No kidding. It seems like the phone portion of all these new devices are just one of the apps it can run. I love smart phones, but it is still primarily a phone to me so reception, listening experience, and call quality are all extremely important to me.
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    cj_online , February 15, 2010 2:53 PM
    Nokia is coming out with something similar, except with a much better camera. Let's see what happens.
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    zoemayne , February 15, 2010 3:39 PM
    720p is over kill i dont think you will notice the HD its a fact that you need at least a 40" screen to view 1080P(so its pointless to have a 37"/32" 1080P screen). I guess its only good for sites that stream 720P.....

    http://www.blogcdn.com/hd.engadget.com/media/2006/12/resolution_chart.jpg
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    drksilenc , February 15, 2010 4:18 PM
    jtsx1 why dont u go with a real carrior... sprint better quality all around better phones all around and cheeper service to boot.
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    Gin Fushicho , February 15, 2010 4:53 PM
    WOW. I just might be persuaded to buy a smart phone for once, it has everything I've ever asked for.
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    gwwerner , February 15, 2010 8:46 PM
    If you bought a portable keyboard to go with this it could almost take the place of a netbook. Maybe someday our phones will get plugged into a monitor, mouse, and keyboard to act as the central unit of our home computers.
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    micky_lund , February 15, 2010 9:22 PM
    why don't they focus on making phone ohones (the ones that text+call) cheaper, and work properly, with good quality sound and reception?
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    anhxeom , February 15, 2010 9:48 PM
    "Mobile Word Congress"

    I didn't know there was such a thing?
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    anamaniac , February 15, 2010 9:54 PM
    720p, YAY!
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    mlopinto2k1 , February 15, 2010 10:25 PM
    Neat
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    Cons29 , February 16, 2010 2:52 AM
    i love amoled, im using samsung jet, the black is sooo nice, great great colors, ive compared it with different phones side by side using the same picture background. wonder how much better is this "super" amoled.
    one thing tho that is not so nice, when using it outside with the sun up, you can barely see anything. and i remember seeing a feature of this super amoled being "20%" better outdoor visibility or something.

    Quote:
    Samsung's Bada OS

    hmn, my samsung uses a proprietary OS(i think its an os) and there's little to no support, why not use a well known OS? and lots of bugs for my jet, hope they get this one right.
    or is it true that win mobile has limited support for colors and hence limiting the amoled if used under win mobile?

    other than outdoor visibility issue, amoled is top notch, imo.
    not sure but i hope they used capacitive touch screen on this one. the 800mhz procie on my jet seem slow
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    Anonymous , February 16, 2010 4:35 AM
    Can it play crysis?
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    kartu , February 16, 2010 10:01 AM
    JohnnyLuckyThe industry is getting carried away with trying to pack in as many features and applications as possible. What I would like to know is how is the sound quality for a plain old ordinary telephone call?

    What "sound quality" are you talking about please? I've owned a dozen of phones, not a single one had problems in this regard. And what quality do you expect from say GSM connetion, which is, afair, 14.4kbps?
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